Malawi electricity woes worsen: Kapito demands fast tracking on unbundling of Escom

Firebrand consumer activisit John Kapito has asked the government to fast track the unbundling of Escom as the power house is keeping the country in darkness all day long, all night long.

Kapito: Escom is failing Malawians

Kapito: Escom is failing Malawians

“I have never seen a work government parastatal as Escom, very ineffective, very inefficent. It should change its name to Electricity Supply Commission of Mavuto,” said Kapito.

Government wants to split Escom into two, the power generating company and the power marketing company.

This follows the government decision to allow private companies generate power and sell it to Escom in a bid to reduce daily power outages.

“Escom should stop giving excuses,” said Kapito.

Amid the chaotic supply of electricity, Escom workers are demanding a 25 percent pay rise. Escom officials are blaming low water levels in Shire River making it impossible to hydro power electricity.

Many parts of the country hardly have electricity most of the day, usually electricity returns around 10 pm by 1am the power is off.

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3 thoughts on “Malawi electricity woes worsen: Kapito demands fast tracking on unbundling of Escom”

  1. Mjomba says:

    Kodi bwana kapita ndichifukwa chiyani ma charging rates a magetsi ali osiyana, akudula kumudzi kumatchipa mtown muno.

  2. MISUKU BOY says:

    Kodi bwana Kapito munasewerapo masewera a nkhonya.
    You look like a boxer

  3. Concerned says:

    The issue of cyclic low flow of the Shire has been known for a long time; hence the need to diversify from hydro on the Shire with growing electricity demand. There are several ways to mitigate this, such as low-head pumps at the estuary, interconnection with the SAPP grid, Lower Fufu (South Rukuru), and thermal-based power generation. Hopefully, the much touted Kamwamba coal-fired power plant and solar PV will happen soon. Solar PV could be quickest to implement and least cost if done properly — competitively and transparently. Unbundling is not a panacea to improved performance, especially for such a small system.

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